Recycle Right: How to Recycle the Right Way

by Brightmark March 10th, 2021

There is more to recycling than just putting your recyclables in a bin and hoping they end up where they are supposed to go. There’s a name for that practice: wishcycling. It’s when you put everything you think might be recyclable to the curb and wish it away to the proper place. Out of sight, out of mind. Commonly wishcycled items include paper towels and plastic wrap, and bags. These items cannot be recycled via curbside pickup!

To properly recycle, consumers should reach out to their local waste management officials to determine where to dispose of traditionally difficult-to-recycle materials. For example, some localities don’t recycle glass in curbside bins or accept plastics #3 through #7.

How To Contact Your Recycling Officials
If your local community isn’t doing enough to recycle, you can take steps to contact local officials to set up recycling programs or improve existing campaigns.

A good place to start is the local Department of Public Works or Waste Management. Most have information on their websites to lead you to the recycling page. You can also reach out to the head of the department to inquire about new and better recycling programs. You might have to work with their staff to set up a meeting, but getting your foot in the door is the first step.

 This is an excellent place to start: https://www.usa.gov/local-governments

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